Want to improve your juggling – try watching someone else
You read the joggling blogs, buy the best juggling equipment, follow the juggling forums, and are a card carrying member of the International Jugglers Association. But if you’re not watching the performance of other jugglers, you are missing a golden opportunity to improve.
According to a recent paper in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that…
when a person watches someone else perform a task with the intention of later replicating the observed performance, motor areas of the brain are activated in a fashion similar to that which accompanies actual movement.
That means you can actually CHANGE YOUR BRAIN by watching other jugglers. So, if you want to become a better joggler (or juggler), put the Gballz down and go watch a few juggling videos.
However, you can’t just watch the videos. You’ve got to watch the juggling videos with the intention of copying the tricks you see. Passive watching is worthless for juggling improvement.
Watch with intention.
You can find lots of great FREE juggling videos online. Some of my favorite sources include Youtube.com (search juggling), WJF forum, and the Internet Juggling Database.
A picture is worth a thousand words…
I noticed my five-ball pattern improved drastically by watching the pros juggle in online clips.
The same thing applies to running. I trained for three years at the track with another runner who was just a little bit faster than I was. I’m convince that my running form improved by watching him.
Maybe you can put a video of yourself joggling up on YouTube so I can see how a “fast” joggler does it.
What, and you’re not fast?!
The director of the documentary film crew who taped me joggling a little while ago is going to put a clip up soon. All the footage I have is on Mini DV and I don’t have a camera to upload it myself.
LOL! I guess ‘fast’ is a relative term. Can’t wait to see the video.
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